Over 65,000 sign petition to remove PewDiePie from YouTube.PewDiePie, real name Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, is a YouTube celebrity who has 92,883,171 subs at the moment.
After the shooting attacks in New Zealand, a petition created by Maria Ruiz called for YouTube to remove YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg from the platform for normalizing “white supremacy.” The petition named, “Remove White Supremacist Content from YouTube.” Maria Ruiz targets PewDiePie due to the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. “The New Zealand mosque shooter even mentioned PewDiePie by name and asked people to subscribe.”
After the tragedy, PewDiePie said on his twitter: “Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch,” he said. “I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person. My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy.”
Ruiz claims that “Even if PewDiePie cleaned up his act his comment sections are still a cesspool of white supremacist activities and commentaries.” She also adds that PewDiePie’s content is “a clear and present danger to society.”
But from her words, we can see she’s not just going after PewDiePie, she also targets YouTube: “At what point is YouTube legally responsible for the content it provides and allows on its platform? I believe that his actions constitute a clear and present danger to society. YouTube’s guidelines state, “if content is intended to be humorous or satirical, it may remain online, “even if offensive or in poor taste.” However, “if the uploader’s intent is to incite violence or hatred, it will be removed.” How long will YouTube remain negligent?
PewDiePie is currently in hot competition with Indian company T-Series to be the most subscribed channel on YouTube. Earlier, PewDiePie released a congratulations parody video for T-Series!
The video definitely pushed him to get the first place more stable.
Do you agree with the petition? Do you think YouTube should remove PewDiePie from YouTube?